Museum Yasny Launch Base

On the premises of the Launch Base, in the Administration and Office Building, one room is a museum dedicated to the DNEPR launch activities at Yasny. On request, a tour is given by the launch base director, who tells a detailed story about how the DNEPR launch vehicle came about, …

Unity Day

Today is a national holiday in Russia, namely Unity Day. It is a somewhat controversial holiday, due to its origin, but it is a celebration of the diversity of people that make up the Russian People. In Yasny it is celebrated with a.o. a musical festival, where this diversity is …

Flags hoisted

Today was an important day at Yasny launch base. The preparations for the launch have really started now. In a morning ceremony, the president of ISC Kosmotras and several officials of SDO Yuzhnoye and Yasny launch base officially issued the hoisting of the flags.     The fact that this …

Last arrivALL

Shortly after the football game, but prior to (the always nice) dinner, the last team arrived at Yasny Launch Base to perform final checkout activities. With them, they brought the OPTOS CubeSat (in its ISIPOD) and of course related GSE. That means that all hardware items that are to be …

Sunday exercise

Although throughout the weekend work is being performed and activities take place, this Sunday most teams took the (late-) afternoon off and some of those team-members joined for a game of football. Two teams, consisting of a mix of Korean, Polish, Japanese, Dubai and Dutch nationality played a (sometimes 🙂 …

Launch date

The launch date for the DNEPR-2012 cluster mission (i.e. ISILaunch03), namely 21 November 2013, has been officially approved. The back-up day is the next day (22 November 2013), while on both days the launch time is 07:10:11 UTC.

KHUSAT twin satellites go for launch

The arrival of the Kyung Hee University team marked the start of the check-out of the two KHUSAT 3U satellites. These two satellites are largely identical and will perform astronomy and science measurements. In a remarkably quick check-out, the latest software was uploaded today. Also, the batteries were filled to …

FM-23 finished

After a very fast check-out shift for the three satellites in ISIPOD FM-23, the deployer has been closed for the last time. Today, the final work to be done consisted of the battery charging of the First-MOVE satellite. The ISL03 check-out activities take place in the so-called cleanroom B, which …

Everything green!

This Sunday three new teams arrived at the launch base. The two German teams from Wurzburg and Munich representing UWE-3 and First-MOVE respectively, and the Velox-PII team from Singapore. Today started with a rather large safety meeting, as the representatives from KARI and Satrec also arrived over the weekend. With …